When I decided that our family should set some goals my two boys were immediately excited. “Yay soccer!” said my six year old. “I’m really good at scoring goals,” said my four year old. Those aren’t exactly the kind of goals I meant.
There are areas in our daily routine where we all need some improvement. One of my friends mentioned she created a chore chart for her older son to help him learn the connection between work and money. I love this concept but I don’t want to give my kids an allowance yet for housework. However we could work on changing some bad habits.
We could also use more family time. My husband and I split most of the parenting duties. For example, he hangs with the boys on Saturday mornings while I go to the gym, then he gets some free time while I take the kids on a play date. Sundays we each split-up and take a child to their various sports activity. While this allows each of us to get some personal time, it also means we aren’t creating a lot of family togetherness for our boys or each other.
So, I created six attainable family goals that will hopefully change some bad habits and bring us closer together.
Family Goal #1: Eat a sit-down dinner together without electronics at least one night a week. Although my kids are young and have minimal to no homework, we still have after-school activities, play dates, and other appointments that sometimes make it hard to get home and have downtime before the dinner-bath-book-bedtime crunch. This year, instead of committing my kids to a different activity every single day of the week, I’ve dedicated one day for having dinner as a family. This has been a big adjustment for my boys and I can’t say they’re too thrilled so far with no TV, iPads, and us trying to find out about their day. Definitely a work in progress.
Family Goal #2: Do at least one activity together on the weekends. Instead of divide and conquer, I’d like to do at least one thing together, even if it’s just a walk around the block with the dogs, a board game, or riding bikes in the neighborhood. I think this is going to be an easy one.
Family Goal #3: Create and follow chore charts for the kids with room for mom & dad to help. My six year old loved the idea of a chore chart so of course his little brother wanted one too. Now that we’ve started using the chore chart, I realize I have to rethink what’s appropriate for each kid. “Get self dressed” isn’t doable for my four year old without a little help.
Family Goal #4: Less Yelling. When you hear other people yelling at their kids it just sounds awful. Yet it doesn’t stop me from losing my cool with my kids much more than I’d like to. Everyone does it but that doesn’t mean it’s effective. My husband and I need to practice counting to three before we turn-up the volume.
Family Goal #5: Encourage Creativity. I want to encourage my kids to use their imaginations to build towers and invent superheroes rather than follow the directions on the box of some creative-type activity. I’d much rather see them make something on their own that can be built and rebuilt a thousand different ways. One of their favorite toys is a set of brightly colored interlocking plastic tubes. They’ve made creations as diverse as a super powered laser blaster to the world’s largest fork. I could use some work on tapping into my own creative side too.
Family Goal #6: Kids’ Choice. Once a month, have a kids’ choice day where they get to pick what we do, within reason of course. I’m hoping the possibility of a trip to the local arcade will be an effective incentive to encourage them to follow the chore chart!
How do you set family goals? What are your family goals for 2014?
If you’re pregnant, or planning to get pregnant, there are a lot of things to consider as you prepare to bring a baby into the world. Skincare, as in what you put on your face and body, is one important consideration for moms-to-be in part because all those extra hormones may cause skin problems. While some women get a glow, others get acne, which is the most common pregnancy skin problem. Or, maybe you have both.
In the course of about a year, your hormones will fluctuate drastically, so considering your skin’s changing needs will help you take better care of yourself. But, more importantly, your skin is your body’s largest organ and it’s porous—meaning what you put on your skin can be absorbed into your bloodstream and even travel to the placenta. When you’re pregnant, it’s especially important to read labels and avoid putting anything on your skin containing questionable ingredients. Follow these simple and safe skincare tips:
Before Getting Pregnant
After Giving Birth
One final tip: Check out the Environmental Working Group’s database, Skin Deep, to see which body care ingredients and products to avoid.
What are your pregnancy skin care tips? Share them with us in the comments!
Working with incredibly talented and smart people. It is so rewarding to work with wonderful people that have a clear sense of purpose and shared vision for the work they do everyday. I have worked with wonderful and talented people in the past, but not at an organization where EVERYONE is so dedicated and hard working.
It is hard to have just one favorite Honest product since most of them service completely different purposes. However, forced to choose, the Laundry Detergent is a stand out product for me. Having totally safe laundry detergent that is not going to irritate my skin is very important because I always have clothing and bedding against my skin and there are remnants of the detergent left in the fabric. It is great to know with Honest it is not harmful.
I have many wonderful memories of my time at Honest, truly this is a difficult task to single one out. I remember a pinata being busted open with a head-butt, and a planking competition that lasted over 13 minutes. It was amazing to watch two employees push themselves to reach their personal potential (I told you Honest employees were dedicated). But standing in the first Client Service office space (a little closest of a room with no windows and crammed with seven desks) and hearing the phone ring at 7:00 am on Jan. 17, 2012 with the first customer calling in and knowing something special was just beginning… that was a special moment I will not forget.
My wife and I like to live fairly simply in our home. We try to be intentional about our purchases and often ask ourselves, “Do we need the product at all?” We like to reduce the impact we have on the environment. We steer away from restaurants that use Styrofoam, we do not purchase bottled water, and we stop the clerks before they drop our purchases into anything other than our reusable bag.
When I am not working I enjoy spending time with family and being outdoors (if I can do both simultaneously it is a bonus). My parents, four of my eight siblings (and seven nieces and nephews), and my in-laws live in the LA area so we enjoy getting together with them as often as we can. When outdoors I like to run on the beach or take my road bike for a spin. I enjoy short rides or long weekend rides down to San Diego with a night of camping along the beach in Dana Point.
These steel table legs can be used to make a table, desk, or whatever else you can think of creating! We’d assemble eco-friendly furniture using the The Floyd Legs and a piece of salvaged wood from our local reclaimed lumber yard. Whatever you build, the beautiful minimal design by Kyle Hoff and Alex O’Dell complements many personal styles and makes switching uses or moving a cinch.
As with Kickstarter campaigns, this is a limited time offer (2 weeks left!), so buy now to get the reusable table legs ($189 for four 29″ legs). However, you may see the legs go into production in the near future since this crowd-funding campaign has already raised more than 10 times the original funding goal of $18,000.
Images from The Floyd Leg Kickstarter page.